Iowa Politics with Jeff Stein — Wed. Jul. 29, 2020

Iowa Politics with Jeff Stein — Wed. Jul. 29, 2020

Reciting the Pledge

We of a certain age recall that it was one of the first things we did to start the school day…we stood, faced the U.S. flag that hung in every classroom, and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. When you were only 5 or 6 back then, you really didn’t know what it meant, but you did it to show respect. Later, you came to understand more why.

I don’t know, but my sense is that tradition fell away over time in our efforts to not offend people.

When was the last time, as an adult, you recited the pledge? Unless you’re a member of certain service clubs, who begin their meetings with the pledge, it’s probably been a while. And now that service clubs can’t meet due to the pandemic…well, you get the idea.

We’re going to change that.

Starting Monday, just after the 9:30 business news, we’re going to recite the Pledge of Allegiance on KXEL. More accurately, you’re going to recite the pledge.

Not only do we invite you to recite it when you hear it on the radio, we’re inviting you to be among those who are reciting it on the radio. 

Simply use the voice recorder on your phone, then email it to…or you can send it directly through the KXEL mobile app; there’s a function where you can send us an audio message on that.

Tell us who you are, where you’re from, and perhaps something else of note…maybe you’re a veteran, maybe you have five grandchildren, maybe you work for a certain company…something that lets the audience know who you are. Then, simply recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Listen weekdays starting Monday just after 9:30 a.m., and you’ll quickly get the idea. Send the audio to, or use the KXEL app. But let’s all recite the pledge. At times like these, it’s one more thing we can do.